Gun groups sued Murphy’s AG over N.J.’s new gun law. Then things got a little weird.

Gun groups sued Murphy’s AG over N.J.’s new gun law. Then things got a little weird.

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Gov. Phil Murphy signs a bill banning "ghost guns" into law at the War Memorial in Trenton. A bill signed by Gov. Phil Murphy in November aimed at cracking down on untraceable guns is under fire in federal court, where a coalition of gun rights advocates is claiming the new law is unconstitutional. At the center of the suit is New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s effort to block the publication of digital files containing the schematics allowing anyone with access to a 3D printer to make their own firearms. It’s not a new predicament for Murphy and Grewal, who have caught the ire of Second Amendment supporters in a state known for restrictive gun laws. But things took a strange turn this week. Authorities are now investigating a mystery arising out of the lawsuit: Somebody, somewhere, impersonated them and issued a broad “takedown” notice to a company that provides technical support for the gun group’s website, state officials claim in court documents. The IP address of that somebody came from the Slovak Republic, though officials suspect that was a ruse to cover their tracks. The gun group, Defense Distributed, has been in Grewal’s sights since last July , when authorities in New Jersey and several other states took legal action to block the group from making 3D gun schematics widely available online after reaching a settlement with President Donald Trump’s administration allowing them to do so. Those efforts had limited success . While the plans remain available online […]

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